Vanderhoef Vetoes Most of Legislature’s Budget Amendments

Rockland County Executive keeps mosquito control, Sheriff’s Patrol and Mounted Patrol in budget


Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef today vetoed most of the budget amendments made by the county legislature. He went along with the legislature’s reinstatement of the mosquito control program and the Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol and Patrol Officers. His vetoes were delivered to the legislature at about 4:30 p.m.

Speaking outside the county office building, Vanderhoef said the changes did not make sense and that is why he vetoed them.

“Because they literally, they didn’t add up,” he said. “We believe we had a very difficult time with the amendments they made in terms of running government. So it’s more complicated than that but that’s the simple explanation.”

Vanderhoef noted he agreed with the restoration of the sheriff’s officers because that department had further reduced overtime and relief in its discussions with the legislature. His vetoes do not change the proposed 18.4 percent tax increase in the 2013 budget. 

Vanderhoef’s vetoes once again eliminated the jobs of county security employees, food service workers at the jail and the laundry and radiology departments at Summit Park. His original budget proposal called for the security and food service to be outsourced to a private contractor to save money. An exact number of positions to be cut was not readily available.

The legislature has until Thursday, Dec. 20 to override Vanderhoef’s vetoes. A vote of at least 12 of the 17 legislators is required for an override.

In prepared remarks directed to the legislators, Vanderhoef said, “I share and respect your desire to protect the public health and safety of our residents and hope you will show similar deference to me when it comes to the other changes to the county budget which I have vetoed. Rockland residents want a smaller, more efficient government that provides essential services during these difficult times.”

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Mark Walker December 12, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Food service workers at the jail? What happened to bread and water:)? When we were kids, we were told that's all they served. An incentive for staying out of jail.
Larry December 13, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Go to this website http://seethroughny.net/ to see some of the salaries of the sheriff patrol on average about $150k an officer not including pension and benefit costs which is about $185k per officer. It's time to start cutting so e of this fat from Rockland county budget before we are all paying 20k in taxes a year soon.
peter cardiello December 13, 2012 at 12:54 AM
the federal government is trying to not raise taxes and our " leader" is raising taxes 18%, so where do i go to make up this hike , again. year after year. jail seems the best place, i get a meal, i get an education, and i get a roof over my head all at the expense of tax payers.
mary December 13, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Well, all I can say is I cannot wait for Vanderhoef to leave, he has totally corrupted Rockland County financially, and should be held for responsible, especially for all the jobs he created for friends. Disgusting. Ed Day is the only way, and he will have a big job ahead of him, straightening out the mess Vanderhoef has left, but I have faith he can do it.
peter cardiello December 13, 2012 at 01:00 AM
larry, our local government doesnt care. among all the school superintends, police officers, sewer district supervisors and highway supervisors salaries, that alone should be reduced by 18%, which is peanuts compared to the average workin man, it would creat a surplus and not a deficit. enough is enough with the dirty politics these people use. we live in a corrupt town
Pat Godfrey December 13, 2012 at 01:36 AM
It's good he vetoed most of it, I wish he would veto the whole thing. It is a big monstrosity that needs to be cut. The democrats will never do that because they love big government.
John December 13, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Nothing changes with this veto! It's still not addressing the underlying fiscal problems in the county. At this point, I don't think the next person who takes the seat will be able to do anything to correct the issues, whether that be Day or anyone else.
Craig S. December 13, 2012 at 06:09 AM
I'll say what Ive said before - when 20 or 30 people show up at a Town/County or School Board Meeting to voice our concerns we just get laughed at - we need to start making our voices come together and get hundreds and hundreds if not thousands of residents to show up - and stand up to these goons that dictate our lives and our wallets - over 100 people commented on here about Baldwin and the tax story - and I doubt if more then 2 or 3 have bothered going to a town or county board meeting in the last 5 years. Our voices are only in numbers people!!!
BR Cannon December 13, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Baldwin is a Republican and a Christian that got arrested so he's an easy target for ridicule from the left. Add in the fact the Patch kept his mug on their marquee for a ridiculous amount of time and you'll get a lot of negative comments.
Bradley Jensen December 13, 2012 at 02:27 PM
This is all BS. 18% increase stays, Mounted Horse Patrol? It's time to get really vocal in person. Commenting here is pointless. Nothing will change until the people are truly motivated.
Pat Godfrey December 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Yes people need to get invoved in the political process. In order to get our voices heard. If you want your taxes cut your best shot is the Republican party. It means showing up at town meetings, going to political party meetings. Finding someone who"s views are like yours. It takes some work and most people are not willing to do it. So things will stay the same. It took years to get to this situation and it will take time to get out of it.
peter cardiello December 14, 2012 at 02:06 AM
it doesnt matter if you are a democrat or a republican, at stake is our future and our pockets, everyone will benefit if our politicians that we elect do their jobs to work for the people and not to their personal agenda,
Pat Godfrey December 14, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Yes it does matter if you are a republican or democrat. Look at our present situation, we are the highest taxed state in the country.(A democrat state) Rockland is the top 5 highest counties in the state, I think 3rd. We are a democrat run county. So the track record for the Democrats for many years is that when they are in power your taxes will go up. In the case of Rockland residents among the highest in the country.
YoungGrasshopper December 20, 2012 at 04:49 AM
When I was a kid, i was in Jail. Before that, I walked to school uphill, both ways in the snow with no shoes. Food for thought, enjoy some bread and water while you mull that one over!


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